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? William Eyres (d. 1764)

Inverness, 1746

PLAN OF / INVERNESS. / with The Encampment / of The ROYAL ARMY / May 1746 c.1746

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:6,550 approx. | RCIN 730033

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A map of the encampment of the royal army at Inverness on 6 May 1746. Jacobite Rebellion (1745-6). Oriented with north to top (compass rose).

A finished plan showing the layout of Inverness in some detail; a comparison with Lewis Petit's survey of circa 1716 on about the same scale (NLS: MS. 1647 Z.02/78a), and John Romer's map of 1728 (NLS Acc. 10497 Wade. 58j), shows a good correlation of outline between the three. The last two plans were kept, in the eighteenth century, in the Board of Ordnance Drawing Room at Edinburgh or in the Tower of London and would have been available for copying. The style of draughting of this plan bears similarities with the work of William Eyres and Daniel Paterson, but there is no other evidence to identify the author.

The attribution to William Eyres is made on stylistic grounds.

  • ? William Eyres (d. 1764) (surveyor and draughtsman)

  • Watermmark: Indistinct, obscured by linen backing: [? fleur-de-lys with device below; countermark: IV]

    Mark, stamped: 512

    Condition: no fold lines; brown staining and foxing to both sides. Verso: bottom left, below the linen backing, fragments of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:6,550 approx. Scale bar: Scale of Yards [72 mm =] 500.

    48.0 x 36.8 cm (image)

    48.0 x 36.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN OF / INVERNESS. / with The Encampment / of The ROYAL ARMY / May 1746. [top left]


    George III heading: Encampment at Inverness 6 May 1746;

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top centre, black pencil:] North. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] VOL VIII 24.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampments A drawn Plan of Inverness with the Encampment of the Royal Army, May 1746. [The same entry appears under the heading Inverness.]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Inverness (Highland Region, Scotland, UK) 57°28'44"N 04°13'26"E

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